20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Berkeley
— 1 night
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Sacramento
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Anaheim
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Union Square or Ferry Building Marketplace. Let the collections at Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder website.

Bangkok, Thailand to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Bangkok to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Berkeley.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Berkeley

Berkeley ©
Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get curious at Lawrence Hall of Science, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lindsay Wildlife Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Tilden Nature Area.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Berkeley trip itinerary planner.

Berkeley is very close to San Francisco. In December in Berkeley, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Berkeley

Wildlife · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Lindsay Wildlife Museum ©
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Lawrence Hall of Science ©
Lawrence Hall of Science
Tilden Nature Area ©
Tilden Nature Area

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Sacramento

Sacramento ©

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 21st (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, and then examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Sacramento sightseeing website.

You can drive from Berkeley to Sacramento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Sacramento, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
Effie Yeaw Nature Center ©
Effie Yeaw Nature Center

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and then trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Big Sur trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Big Sur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail ©
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, trek along Scenic Road Walkway, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey day trip planning app.

You can drive from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monterey are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, cast your line with a fishing tour, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Monterey in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Head to The Grove and Abbot Kinney Boulevardfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at California Science Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and take a stroll through El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles visit app.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect Los Angeles to be much hotter, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Oak Canyon Nature Center, then have some family-friendly fun at Flightdeck Simulation Center, then view the masterpieces at The Disney Gallery, and finally stop by Little Arabia District.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Flightdeck Simulation Center ©
Flightdeck Simulation Center
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 1st (Wed), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears and then stroll around La Jolla Cove.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip app.

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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